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Bettman says NHL not sure about Olympic participation past 2010

The NHL's foray into the Olympics could possibly end with Vancouver in 2010, commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday.

"Our Olympic participation post 2010 will be decided in conjunction with the Players Assciation," Bettman told The Canadian Press in an e-mail. "My guess is that we'll wait until after 2010 to access that experience and then make a decision about future Games."

The NHL first sent players to the Olympics in 1998 at Nagano and followed suit in 2002 at Salt Lake City and 2006 at Turin.

The 2014 Winter Games are in Sochi, Russia. The long travel overseas combined with the number of games players faced between the NHL and Olympic schedules led to much complaining after the 2006 Games in Italy.

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